Sunday, February 25, 2018

Alpenglow at Red Rock Canyon

 Sunrise warms a frosty desert landscape

Early one frosty February morning I ventured out to try and catch the sunrise at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas Nevada. 

My plan was to set up on a hiking trail in the desert near the entrance to Red Rock Canyon’s 13 mile loop.

I arrived just before dawn and it was cold!  The desert floor was covered in frost which made the cold even more penetrating. 

As the sky began to lighten, I feared the cloud cover was too thick and therefore the sun’s rays would not break through. 

I waited, moving my hands and legs to try and generate body heat.  Just before I was ready to pack up I noticed the slightest hints of pink starting to peek through the thinner clouds. 

Getting excited, I made my camera adjustments and focused my Nikon 24mm 2.8 lens to catch as much of the desert landscape, mountains and sky as possible.

And as I watched, the optical phenomenon Alpenglow began to turn the snow accented mountains a fiery red.   Alpenglow occurs when the solar disk is just below the horizon, therefore illuminating the opposite horizon with a reddish glow. 

The thrill of the moment quickly warmed my cold body and I was allowed just 2 clicks of the shutter before the sun was obscured behind a thick layer of clouds. 

Alpenglow at Red Rock was printed as a limited edition on Ilford Colordeluxe archival paper and became one of my best selling Red Rock Canyon images.    

What an exciting and interesting photo-adventure this day has been.  I love it when I am drawn to an area and not knowing what to expect I get treated to new experiences.

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